5 Things You Missed at Last Night's Selectmen Meeting

Did you miss last night's meeting of the Board of Selectmen? We've got you covered.

Did you miss Monday night's Board of Selectmen meeting? Here are five things you missed.

1. Bob Joyce expressed concerns about . During open session, Joyce, who serves on the Planning Board, said he "took exception" to the notion that because debt from the sewer project is dwindling "(the town) should replace it with new debt (for a fire station) that isn't approved by voters." Joyce suggested putting a non-binding vote on the ballot this spring about the fire station. "This weekend I was door to door getting signatures and people are pretty upset about the way things are being run and I think we have an opportunity here to be very transparent and let the voters decide what they want to do," he said. Selectman Chairman George Dixon said a non-binding vote on the ballot is still an option. "We’re waiting for numbers and costs like everyone else is," he said. Permanent Building Committee Chairman Pat Maloney will present a plan for a new center fire station at the next selectmen meeting on Feb. 27.

2. Landscaping plan forand the . As the Center Town Hall's construction is set to finish in June, town officials are looking at a landscape proposal for the Center Town Hall and the Town Common. One proposal would involve planting more trees in the center of town but also adding fencing along certain parts of the common, especially to discourage jay walking from Center Town Hall to the common. Town Manager Paul Cohen said there is no crosswalk from the Center Town Hall to the Common but many people cross North Road in that area anyway, causing traffic concerns. The Permanent Building Committee is still discussing the fencing issue with town officials and plans have not been solidified.

3. Subsidized housing report. The state is reporting that Chelmsford has 7.2% affordable housing, or 990 units of 13,741 homes.

4. Golden Cove Road truck exclusion. Selectmen agreed to officially exclude trucks more than 2 1/2 tons from Golden Cove Road, despite official signs in the area excluding trucks for more than 20 years. Town Manager Paul Cohen said a local constituent of Rep. Cory Atkins told her the signs in the area were confusing. Atkins investigated the matter with the state, who had no official record of the truck prohibition. Cohen said the signs have been posted since 1990. Selectmen voted the official truck route Wilson Street to Chelmsford Street, instead of Golden Cove Road.

5. Valentine's Day. Selectmen Jon Kurland and George Dixon publicly wished their wives a Happy Valentine's Day. Dixon has been married for more than 40 years and Kurland has been married for more than 30.

Jon Kurland February 14, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Just a minor correction. My wife Sara and I have only been married for 37 years but she has been my Valentine for 41 years. We have not been married over 40 years but we started dating more than 41 years ago. Happy Valentine's Day, Honey!
Vivian Merrill February 14, 2012 at 05:34 PM
what kind of alternatives?
Barbara Quinn February 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Jon hopeyou read your selectman notes better than you read the patch as it states the Kurlands are married more than 30 years
Krista Perry February 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I fixed it after he posted the comment, to be fair :)
Jon Kurland February 15, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Thank you, Krista for correcting the article. Next time I'll just send you an e-mail.
Anna Bucciarelli February 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Referring to No. 2, a lot of the "minor" landscaping could probably be done by the garden clubs in town ... years ago, as a member of the Chelmsford Farms Garden Club, I and other club members did a beautiful job landscaping So. Row School ... I'm talking in the '60's and out work is long gone now. But I bet you can commission one or two of the clubs to help out ... they'd love it, I'm certain.
Tom Christiano February 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Sounds like an idea well worth pursuing Anna....plus, it would save the taxpayers a potentially considerable amount of money, which is always important. The garden clubs may love to be able to help out and beautify such historic town buildings as the two old town halls.


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